Everyone help's truly needed 4 this post...WARNING-VERY LONG
In my last post in the health and nutrition section of this forum I stated that I had a very unusual problem with ONE of my cats. I wanted everyone here's help/opinion on this problem and that a very large imagination would definitely be needed----well here goes.
The problem is w/ KJ(breed=1/3 Maine Coon) I think by telling you all his breed it could possibly help. I had KJ checked out to see what his breed is and he IS 1/3 Maine Coon but we couldn't determine what the other 2/3 were. Anyway, IMHO KJ has a very unusual behavioral issue when anyone thinks of a "domesticated "cat. KJ is OBSESSED with the outdoors. KJ seems to only want to go outside when I'm with him but HATES wearing his harness and leash which is the ONLY way I will let him out without being enclosed. His obsession has started to cause MASSIVE problems here and I REFUSE to ever let him go!!!! Doing so would be like a mother that leaves her disabled child just because she may or may not be able to accept her child's disability. NEVER!!!! If I don't take KJ outside for a walk EVERY day his behavior becomes that of your typical feral cat--MEAN, VIOLENT, NOT PPL OR OTHER CAT FRIENDLY(growling, hissing and snapping). This behavior started to esculate when I lost my other cat--Drago--(a purebred Maine Coon)in a car accident Oct. 2006. Let me describe that situation to you all too since that could also be the reason--I work at home due to me having 8 cerebral hemorrhages that caused me to need 2 brain surgeries. I now have permanent brain damage. Therefore, my cats are get their TLC 16 hours/day(the other 8 I sleep---LOL) One day I noticed Drago breathing VERY heavily yet he was lying down and sleeping so I thought it was suspicious. I counted his up movements on his side like the internet vet suggested and the count was over 40 beats in 60 seconds. I stopped counting when I hit 40 due to tears out of my eyes. The "safe" beat of a cat's heart and lungs is said to be 20. Anything over that(especially if over 25) is cause for IMMEDIATE veterinary care. It shows respiratory failure so I called the hospital. The doc told me that he wanted to see Drago instantly and to get right over after I told him also how many up movements I counted on Drago. I panicked and got into my KJ(Jeep Liberty) and failed to think first. I sharply went around the curb and my Jeep went head on into my neighbor's brick house. Luckily my Jeep rolled over 2 full times and landed on the driver's side. I survived with large bruising internally and externally but Drago got loose and my neighbors found his collar in the bushes at the accident. He was also micro chipped. He never returned. I sat outside until 1 am waiting for him for 10 nights in a row. I looked (religiously) in the woods, put out signs, contacted vet clinics, contacted all the shelters within a 2 mile radius but still no Drago. I even asked strangers to look out for him. Drago and KJ were best buds for the 4 mths I had Drago. My 8.5 yr. old Devon Rex cat got tortured by Drago on a daily basis so the loss of Drago had little to no affect on him. KJ just saw me put Drago in the carrier and come home that night with an empty carrier. He saw my extreme bruises that night but probably didn't put the two together. A week later my husband bought me Reese(a purebred Norwegian Forest Cat) that he saw at the humane society shelter. I couldn't resist. Reese is soooo beautiful and LOVES any human to extreme. Reese will even stick his butt in your face with his tail up inviting you to sniff him/make friends. To end this post I just wanna say that after 8 mths of looking for Drago I had to end the search due to my medical reasons. KJ now attacks Reese CONSTANTLY and continues to "yell" at me that he wants to go out for a walk. Medically, taking him out for a walk in the cold (I live in MD) is truly hurting me. I bought him 3 KittyWalk systems so to romp around in and made them so that the length was 14 ft. long and the width was 1.5 ft. wide. I was hoping that by doing this (and making it "safe" for him to go outside more freely without a leash and me) would help. KJ would then still be able to exercise, get the full smell of the true outside air and do this all without feeling "directed". THAT didn't really work either. I cannot connect the KittyWalks to my glass screen door on my patio so he still can't "freely" go outside on his own. If ANYONE has ANY ideas, I'd LOVE LOVE LOVE to possibly use them. I'm out of ideas myself on how to better the situation. I've used Vanilla extract to stop KJ's swatting but that hasn't worked, I don't know if Feliway(sp) would work because the other 3 cats LOVE each other and constantly play around. I'd be scared that Feliway could calm THEM down too and I don't really want that. HELP ME IF YOU CAN PLEASE, I BEG YOU!!!!!!!!